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April 2019

Dance Dialogue: Focus on Gintarė Masteikaitė, Artistic Director 
International Contemporary Dance Festival "New Baltic Dance" Lithuania


Dance Dialogue is a segment focusing on international programmers and the venues/festivals they program. If you would like to be featured or would like to suggest someone to be featured, contact us.



The International Contemporary Dance Festival "New Baltic Dance" is an annual event, organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilnius Festivals since 1997.

 
It is the largest and the most important dance event not only in Lithuania but also in the Baltic States, with more than 2,700-3,000 spectators every year and more than a dozen stage arts professionals from around the world.
 
During its existence, the festival has contributed to the growth of the cultural life quality in the country, encouraged the development of a variety of stage arts, initiated relevant discussions amongst the audience and the participants of the festival, initiated networking between the performing arts organizations and independent artists at the national and international level, and strengthened the Lithuanian contemporary dance community and its influence on international dance and performing arts markets. The event also continues to support development of performing art management, criticism of dance and related fields, and growth of contemporary performing arts audiences. 
 
The Festival "New Baltic Dance" aims to present top-level professional dancers of different genres and formats from Lithuania and abroad. The programme is based on the principles of relevance, exclusivity and conceptuality. The other goals of the festival are to provide visibility and possibilities for young choreographers from Lithuania and abroad to show their works; introduce international artists from regions with difficult geopolitical situations; reach gender equality in the artistic programme; present the diversity of dance forms and topics; develop long-term connections between artists and audiences, expand the festival, and promote partnerships between different organizations and institutions.

This year "New Baltic Dance" takes place from 29 April–12 May in five different cities in Lithuania. It will be the 23rd edition of the festival. The 2019 programme features 20 performances and guests from the Cape Verde Islands, Australia, Canada, Lebanon, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Germany and neighbouring countries - Latvia and Estonia. This year, the first Baltic Dance Platform will be organized as part of the festival (9-11 of May). The Baltic Dance Platform aims to present the contemporary dance of three Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) and also to promote networking and collaborations between contemporary dance artists and different institutions, spread information, urge the realization of joint projects, and develop possibilities for educational activities.

Next year, the festival will present contemporary dance from Asia and Australia. According to Artistic Director Gintarė Masteikaitė: “We are always open for some interesting dance artists and projects from around the world, including from the U.S. Everything depends on the financial situation and support from the specific country. I am sure we will present some artists from the U.S. in the future."

 
The festival is curated by its artistic director and is by invitation only. Seeing works in person all year long is important, as is watching videos and sharing information between international colleagues and also considering recommendations from artists. The programme is usually complete five to seven months in advance.
 
The festival is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture, the Vilnius City Municipality, embassies, and international funds.
 
Learn more about the festival: www.newbalticdance.lt
Watch a promotional video: www.vimeo.com/283963862

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American Dance Abroad will offer its international skill-building workshop to the
Northwest performing arts community this May 18-19, 2019. Register now.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities


Visit American Dance Abroad's Events & Opportunities page for all the latest deadlines. Contact bonnie@americandanceabroad.org to submit an opportunity for inclusion.

SE.S.TA
Residency Program
Due April 15, 2019
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Kulturscio’k
Residency Program
Rolling
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Casa Na Ilha
Residency Program
Applications open for 2019
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Sibu International Dance Festival
Call for Festival Applications
Due April 30, 2019
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Choreography 33 
Choreography Competition
Due April 17, 2019
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SOLO Contemporary Dance Festival
Call for Festival Applications
Due May 5, 2019
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*The inclusion of an opportunity or event posted on American Dance Abroad's newsletter should not be interpreted as an endorsement of that opportunity. American Dance Abroad has created this listing in an effort to increase access to and knowledge about international opportunities.

News From the Field  


This American Dance Abroad newsletter section brings you links to relevant articles of international importance, from the dance field and beyond. Please send us your suggestions. 

Dance Magazine spoke to 10 professionals in the fields of jazz, hip-hop, modern, and contemporary dance about their thoughts on the distinction between modern and contemporary dance.
Regional companies are coming together to share stages and expand their audiences, including swapping choreographers and performing joint work.
A description of Battle's artistic journey and his plans for the company's future, which will also honor its past. 
IABD, a Mellon grantee through the Foundation’s Comprehensive Organizational Health Initiative, is ensuring that a rich legacy of dance in America—and around the world—is preserved and continues to grow.
Cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan and choreographer Lucinda Childs recently decamped from LUMBERYARD where they had been for two weeks to perfect a never-before-seen work.

Americans Touring Abroad | April–July 2019


Dance companies and international programmers who present American dance may complete this International Touring Form to share their news. Here's a sampling of scheduled tours
(see the full list on our 
website):

COMPANY DATE/VENUE/FESTIVAL CITY/ COUNTRY
Mark Morris Dance Group

Apr. 2-3
Performing Pepperland
Alhambra Theatre

Bradford, England

Apr. 5-6
Performing Pepperland
Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Edinburgh, Scotland

Apr. 9-10
Performing Pepperland
The Marlowe Theatre

Canterbury, England

Apr. 12-13
Performing Pepperland,
Wales Millennium Centre

Cardiff, Wales

Apr. 16-17
Performing Pepperland
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Plymouth, England

Apr. 19-20
Performing Pepperland, Mayflower Theatre

Southampton, England

Apr. 23-24
Performing Pepperland
Theatre Royal Norwich

Norwich, England

Apr. 26-27
Performing Pepperland
Theatre Royal Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Apr. 30-May 1
Performing Pepperland
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Dublin, Ireland


BANDALOOP
Sozo Artists

Apr. 6-7
Performance, MUPA

Budapest, Hungary


Sidra Bell Dance New York April 6
Performing MÖNSTER OUTSIDE – Collaboration with and live music by Sweden's New Tide Orquesta,
Kungsbacka Teater
Halland County, Sweden

April 9
Performing MÖNSTER OUTSIDE – Collaboration with and live music by Sweden's New Tide Orquesta,
Vara Konserthus

Vara, Sweden


Maura Garcia Dance

Apr. 24-27
Performance, West Village Theatre

Calgary, Canada


Camille A. Brown & Dancers Apr. 25
Performing ink,
The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Company SBB // Stefanie Batten Bland
International Representation: Petya Hristova
May 6-19
Residency and Performance,
La Chapelle des Jésuites
St. Omer, France

May 22-25
Residency and Performance,
Mona Bismarck Center

Paris, France


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo May 7
Performance, Il Rossetti
Trieste, Italy

May 16
Performance, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

Lugano, Switzerland


Ronald K. Brown/ Evidence: A Dance Company May 7-11
Masterclasses and performances,
Let's Dance International Festival 

Leicester, UK


Christine Bonansea Company May 31
Collaborative installation QUEENS, Performing Arts Festival Berlin

Berlin, Germany


a canary torsi June 8-13
Performing now.here.this, a new public art work in collaboration with Kathy Couch for the streets of Prague, Prague Quadrenniel

Prague, CZ


Christine Bonansea Company Jun. 16-Jul. 13
Workshop: P.O.R.C.H. Physical Module, Ponderosa

Lunow-Stolzenhagen, Germany


RudduR Dance June 20-30
Performance, Festival Fragmentos de Junio
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Summer
Performance, Palacio De La Cultura Y Los Congresos

Guadalajara, Mexico


Laurie Sefton/ Clairobscur Dance June 22-23
Performance, Zawirowania Dance Theatre

Warsaw, Poland


Valerie Green/ Dance Entropy June 23-24
Performing program of five repertory works entitled Right Now + collaborative performance EVERYTHING,
Zawirowania Dance Theatre

Warsaw, Poland


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